“President Donald Trump celebrated “the greatest political journey in human history” Thursday in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy, cheering crowd of spectators,” said left-of-center Time Magazine.
“With jets roaring overhead and a poncho-clad crowd before him, President Donald Trump implored Americans to come together Thursday in a show of national pride — a rare unifying message…” began a report by left-of-center CNN.
The New York Times, which like CNN and Time are known for being anti-Trump, had this headline this morning: “With Flyovers and Flags, Trump Plays M.C. for the Fourth.” NY Times writer Michael D. Shear opened with, “The president began with a rare call for unity in his 45-minute speech, but mostly spent time recounting the history of the armed forces, planes punctuating his message.”
Right-of-center Breitbart’s top headline this morning proclaimed: “Yuge: President Trump Notes ‘Great Crowd’ at Salute to America.”
Right-of-center Fox News posted this video of the “Salute to America” July 4th event.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owned, left-of-center Washington Post, posted this video of the national fireworks in Washington, D.C. last night.
The president had a career that included media, and he has rightly been called a showman. The NY Times reference to the president as the master of ceremonies, M.C., is balanced by the ubiquitous Drudge report reminder this morning that prior presidents have used the backdrop of the 4th of July in various ceremonies, although not this elaborate.
While there have been and will be digs against the event, the sampling above reflects that notion that it was largely free of partisanship. It was a call to national unity. It specifically mentioned historical figures that included Democrats, Republicans and those with no known major political affiliation.
ICYMI, it was spectacular. One can rightly call it the antidote for what Gallup called sliding patriotism. It was a reminder of American exceptionalism and sacrifice that advanced the march toward what the founders saw as the struggle toward “a more perfect Union” of the states, knowing it wasn’t perfect, but was better than other such efforts in world history. “We Provide, You Decide.” © (News, analysis, and commentary.)
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